On May 8, 2012, the Oklahoma House of Representatives honored Ed Londagin as a volunteer with Putnam City Care…Share for 30 years with a Citation of Appreciation and Congratulations presented by Representative David Dank.
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
Whereas, Ed Londagin has for some 30 years been an active, enthusiastic and generous volunteer for Putnam City Care…Share, which seeks to provide assistance to over 30,000 children within the Putnam City school district who are in need, and;
Whereas, Ed Londagin, as operator of Alley Cats Hair Salon, annually arranges for free back-to-school haircuts for some 300 Putnam City students, and;
Whereas, Ed Londagin has organized fellow salon owners to join him in this charitable effort, with more than 70 area salons and barbers offering free haircuts to kids, and;
Whereas, Ed Londagin’s efforts on behalf of Putnam City Care…Share have also included the annual adoption of families to provide them with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and a month’s supply of food, the purchase of new shoes for thousands of Putnam City children and many other acts of kindness in support of the children of Putnam City Schools, and;
Whereas, Ed Londagin was recognized as a Daily Point of Light honoree by President Bush in 2003, and with the Golden Apple Award bestowed by Putnam City Schools on its most cherished volunteers, and was honored as part of AARP Oklahoma’s 50th anniversary celebration.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Ed Londagin is commended and honored by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his three decades of selfless service to thousands of children in the Putnam City School district. He brought dignity and hope to many children and families in need. His example serves as a guiding light for all Oklahoma.
Now, therefore pursuant to the motion of Representative David Dank the Oklahoma House of Representatives extends to Ed Londagin sincere congratulations and directs that this Citation be presented.
Following is Ed’s speech to the House:
“Who would have thought little Eddie Londagin who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in a small town in western Oklahoma named Oakwood would ever be standing in front of the House of Representatives? I am in awe of this structure, the power of this legislature; and am both honored and humbled to be in your presence today.
I have to confess Government was not one of my favorite subjects in school. If I could have found a way to strike it from the curriculum, I would have. I’m glad there’s some of you out there who like that sort of stuff.
Putnam City Care…Share was born more than 30 years ago when an Angel of a woman, my confidante, my mentor, my friend, Penny Poe was an educator and counselor for the Putnam City School District. She began to see holes in the shoes of some of her students. Thirty years ago, the Putnam City School district was not as large as it is now. Back then it was in northwest Oklahoma City and was a fairly affluent area. Since then the Putnam City District has grown farther east and goes farther south than I-40; including the Council and 10th – Rockwell and 10th area.
Penny reached in her own pocket and bought a whole bunch of shoes. She put them in a room and made it known if anybody needed a new pair of shoes there were some there. Just go there sometime, take off your old shoes and put on the new ones. No one would know.
Penny was a client of mine. I asked her what I could do to help. I was a young hairdresser then. I didn’t have any money. All my bills were paid and I had $112 in my account. I wrote Penny a check for $100. In a few days she brought me a receipt where she managed to purchase 20 pair of shoes with that $100. Twenty children were going to have new shoes.
You see, I identified with those children. After Daddy moved away, I grew up with holes in my shoes. I know what it’s like to have a Momma who loved me; but we didn’t have a lot of money. I got one new pair of shoes each year. I wanted the kind I could polish up for church. By the end of the school year, the soles of my shoes had holes in them. One of my most prized finds was the back of a spiral notebook another kid had thrown away. Remember the heavy cardboard on the back of the Big Chief tablet? I cut them in the shape of my shoe and inserted them inside. It wouldn’t last very long but the rocks wouldn’t cut the bottom of my feet walking home from school that day. But I didn’t think of us as being poor. I didn’t think about it.
You know where Penny got me? She had me at Dignity. Those kids were able to sneak in a room and put on a new pair shoes and no one knew the difference. That child of God kept his dignity. I’ve heard my friend, Penny, say, “You’re not poor unless you’ve lost your dignity.” Isn’t that what its all about? That is why we are here today.
I appreciate so much and want to thank you for what YOU do everyday within these enormous walls of the House of Representatives to make this a better world for my Putnam City School children to grow up in, giving them Hope for a brighter tomorrow. Thank you.”